Make West Papua Safe Campaign – Activists raise awareness on security force violence and foreign funding

A group of activists have launched the ‘Make West Papua Safe’ Campaign on 7 December 2018 -  the fourth anniversary of the so-called ‘Bloody Paniai Case’. The campaign targets foreign government aid to the Indonesian police and military which have been responsible for a large number of human rights violations in West Papua over the past 50 years – some of them have been categorized as serious human rights abuses. Activists from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Tapol, West Papua Update and Pasifika have published a short advocacy video on the case which occurred on 7 and 8 December 2014 in the highland town of Enarotali and resulted in the killing of five pupils by Indonesian security forces.


Military Raid in the Tsinga District of Mimika Regency – two villagers arbitrarily arrested and detained

Local human rights defenders have reported military raids on the 1 and 2 December 2018 in the villages Nosolanop, Mesember, Benganggin and Beanegogom, which are located in the Tsinga District of Mimika Regency. The villagers claimed that the raids were conducted by members of the military special forces ‘Kopassus’ to collect information about a local guerilla command of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB), which had repeatedly opened fire at Freeport vehicles and security force members in the neighboring Tembaggapura district in 2017 and 2018. The military members seized the villagers’ cell phones and returned them on the 11 December 2018.


UN’s OHCHR spokesperson concerned about mass arrests and longstanding structural issues in West Papua

The mass arrest of demonstrators in Indonesia who were attempting to mark a national day for indigenous people in the east of the archipelago, has been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. More than 500 activists were detained at the start of the month - though they’ve since been released. Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani explained to UN News' Daniel Johnson on Friday, what’s behind these latest developments.

Listen to Interview on official UN website


Mass arrests during commemorations of International Human Rights Day in West Papua

Every year, people in the world commemorate the 10th December as the International Human Rights Day. This year, commemorations were organised in multiple cities of West Papua, among them Timika, Merauke, Jayapura, Manokwari and Oksibil. In Merauke and Timika, police forces arrested a total number of 137 protesters. In Jayapura, approximately 700 police officers and additional military members blocked roads and dispersed the crowd in multiple places. Several KNPB activists, including the protest coordinator Hosea Yeimo were allegedly ill-treated at BUPER, Waena.


Human Rights Watch press release on Nduga Case

Indonesia: Papuan Militants Kill 17

Police Should Investigate Worksite Killings; Military Should Show Restraint

View press release in HRW website

(Jakarta, December 10, 2018) – Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group’s killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua’s densely forested Central Highlands on December 2, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today.

The circumstances of the killings remain unclear. Papuan militants should cease unlawful killings, and the Indonesian government should ensure that its security forces act in accordance with international standards and not commit abuses in response to the attack.

“A Papua militant group’s attack on a worksite raises grave concerns that require a full investigation,” said Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch. “Militants and responding security forces should not inflict harm on ordinary Papuans.”


Violence escalates in the highland regency of Nduga – at least 24 people killed in armed conflict

An armed attack against construction workers on 2 December 2018 in the remote highland regency of Nduga have allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least 15 civilians and one Indonesian army member, while leaving three further civilians injured. Subsequent clashes between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), which is the armed wing of the independence movement, and the Indonesian military forces (TNI) allegedly caused the deaths of five military members and at least four civilians. The TPNPB  has claimed responsibility for the attack against the construction workers. The number of fatalities reported varies between Indonesian authorities and various media sources. Hundreds of indigenous Papuans from the villages Mbua, Yall and Yigi fled into the surrounding forests because they feared repressive acts by Indonesian security forces.


How long is killing still used to settle problems in Papua?

The incident in Nduga Regency on the 2 December 2018, in which multiple people were killed was condemned by many parties. It is right and clear that such actions need to be condemned. The significance of the incident is even more striking if one remembers all the suffering that has recently been reported to all of us, including the report on Killings in West Papua over the past eight years (Amnesty International Report, July 2018), including reports on hundreds of protesters being arrested for expressing their opinion, including security force raids on various activities and offices of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) (Reports on 1-2 December 2018), and many other reports. Not to forget the victims among security forces and all the guiltless ordinary people who were forced to flee their homes because their houses, gardens, environment have been destroyed for the sake of 'law enforcement' operations. The incident in Nduga is not an isolated event! People in Papua have experienced similar suffering for decades and many living witnesses have already passed away.


Documentary shows fathers of murdered children and their struggle for justice

A group of human rights defenders made a short film entitled Justice for Murdered Children about the killing of five school children by the Indonesian police and military in Enarotali on Dec 7 and 8, 2014. It features the fathers of the children speaking about their search for justice in the face of ongoing intimidation. The film clearly highlights the complicity of foreign governments who continue to arm, train and keep silent about state violence in West Papua.


Update on mass arrests during commemoration of 1st December – at least 5 protesters ill-treated during arrests in Jayapura

The national police forcefully dispersed a peaceful assemblies in multiple locations of Jayapura, which were organised in commemoration of the 1st December. During the commemorations in Jayapura, 89 protesters were reportedly arrested. Police officers ill-treated three bystanders who tried to record the arrests and ill-treatment of protesters. The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Evangelical Church in Papua (GKI-TP) has  published a new report on the arrests in Jayapura, according to which at least five protesters were ill-treated by police officers during the arrest.



Brimob officers collectively torture 3 bystanders witnessing mass arrests in Jayapura

Members of the police mobile brigade (Brimob) have tortured Benyamin Lagowan (27 years), Hendrikus Madai (27 years) and Laorens Kerebea (24 years) after they witnessed mass arrests and the ill-treatment of protesters during 1st December commemorations in Jayapura city. On the 1 December 2018, at 11.15 am, Benyamin Lagowan together with his wife and 8 months-year-old daughter stopped at the roundabout in Abepura where they witnessed how police officers detained a group of arrested protesters at the Abepura sub-district police station (Polsek Abepura). As Benyamin Lagowan took out his cell phone to record the incident, a mobile brigade officer approached him from behind and tore the phone from his hands. As Benyamin protested against the violent behavior the officer shouted “are you resisting?” while kicking him on the right thigh. Another mobile brigade officers hit Benyamin Lagowan with a rifle butt on the shoulder. Upon seing this two further officers came and started to beat Benyamin Lagowan.


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